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Date: 3/16/05 4:09 PM

Hello Everyone,
Im new to the sewing world.. But like all other hobbies... I have jumped in with a passion. Mostly making quilts but have made cushions,apron,holiday throws.
But now Im stumped by this V-neck on this scrub. I have cut out the neck section and neckbands from scrap material to practice first. I folded/pressed the 2 neckbands crossed them as instructed and sew across. I reinforced the neck edge and clipped it. (guess I did that right)
I have pinned the neckband to the right side of the front... but when you get to the point of the V-neck.... Im lost. There just isnt any seam to grab and pin to the neckband. I hope Im making this understandable for I havent learnt all the sewing terms yet.
However when I tuck that pointed section to the wrong side of the front.... everything looks great.... but of course the Vpoint has not been sewn. Usually I can walk away for a bit and come back and master it. But this isnt the case. I dont like to throw my hands up at a task... so any help will be so greatly appreciated. Im sure Im going through a South Paw/Blonde moment. And if one of you ladies were here... you'd giggle and show me how simple it is. Im probably just attaching it wrong or not clipping it right.... Im TOTALLY lost on this one Ladies.
-- Edited on 3/16/05 5:20 PM --

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Date: 3/17/05 1:38 AM

OK, Dove,

I don't have the pattern in front of me, and this V-neck thing is hard to describe, but here goes:

What you need to do is match up the dot that marks the bottom of the slashed V-neck with the dot that marks the center front on the seamline of that facing. I'd suggest laying the garment down on a flat surface with the wrong side of the front facing you, and the facing beneath it, right sides together. Concentrating only on the center front for now, match up those center front marks and pin like crazy, or hand baste just this area, for a couple of inches either side of the center front. Let the edges of the slashed portion of the center front spread apart a bit to allow the facing to fit the opening smoothly. If you do this carefully, you will be able to catch and seam the neckband to just a few stitches of the garment right at the center front.

Now, on a v neck, you never stitch in a circle all the way around from right to left, or whatever. Using small stitches, you start with your machine's needle in the middle of that center front mark and stitch away from that mark towards the shoulder for a few inches. Then you go back, drop your needle right into that same center front mark, and stitch towards the other shoulder. You will want to leave longish threads at the center front so you can secure those first few stitches on the wrong side.

At this point (no pun intended), you should be able to pull the garment away from the machine and judge if you've got that point looking right. If you do, you can go ahead and complete the seam, but, as before, working away from the center front towards the center back on each side.

I'll scrounge around and see if I can find an online illustration--but I betcha els here has a good one at her fingertips!
-- Edited on 3/17/05 2:48 AM --

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Date: 3/17/05 2:51 AM

Elona,
Thank you so much for replying.
It still seems so confusing to me. But I will take it step by step first thing in the morning when I can see better. Also I will cut another front section and neckline(s) out. Ive pretty much worn out my practice one. Phew!
Maybe by my morning Els might have read and have an illustration showing me the steps. I feel so stupid at the moment. But many tell me this is a stinker to do without having someone show you. Im more of a show me person... then I can run with it. Maybe with your help provided I might get lucky. I cant thank you enough. Hopefully tomorrow will be a good day.
-- Edited on 3/17/05 3:53 AM --

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Date: 3/17/05 7:38 AM

I always found this neckline difficult too and the more scrub shirts that I made didn't always make it easier. Some days everything just fell in place and others I struggled with it. I sold scrub shirts at craft shows and to the girls who worked at two different vet clinics. On the days that the neckline gave me trouble, I left the V unsewn. I pressed the seam allowances toward the side seams (or away fron the neck openning) and top stitched from the shoulder down one side to the point, left my needle down while I lifted the foot and turned to stitch up to the opposite shoulder. I kept my stitches as close to the edge as possible. I have scrub pattern by McCalls, Simplicity, and Butterrick. None of them has instructions that really explain the process very well and their diagrams leave much to be desired. I know that the Butterick instructions says to finish the front by top stitching, but I don't think that the other two do. I avoided the little flaw in the very center of the V by top stitching. I don't know how to describe how it would sometimes look when I stitched the whole seam down to or up from the V other than to say it wasn't gathered, but it didn't lay flat like I wanted it to.

Try leaving the V unsewn and finish it off by top stitching. You need to go ahead and do that little stitch line that joins the two neck pieces together before you top stitch. If that gives you the desired look to the neckline YAHOO! Best of luck and good thinking when you chose to do a practice neckline. You can work out all of the kinks without having to rip seams out on a good garment.

Fran

P.S. It is 8:34am my time and I haven't been to bed yet. I have read this over several times and I think it makes sense. I hope that it make sense to you and that I haven't confused you all the more.

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Date: 3/17/05 10:45 AM

I've made a few scrubs and I've only ever topstitched the neckbands on. First I clip the vee of the bodice to the staystitching. then I press the seam allowances under. Then I flip the SA's back up and with two passes on the serger, I finish the raw edges. Next, I spread the bodice flat on my table, lay the neckbands (which have been basted together) under it and use Wonder Tape to hold everything together. The final step is to topstitch, using my edge stitching feet -- the ones with the rudders.

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Date: 3/17/05 11:39 AM

Well, I've done a lot of searching and not come up with any online pics that exactly fit this pattern, although I've certainly run into LOTS of complaints on various bulletin boards about how generally lousy the scrub pattern instructions are!

However, Kwik Sew 2861 is a scrub pattern with this type of crossover neckline, and it has a very clear, but small, illustration of what I was trying to describe. I'll try to put a link for the pattern below.

Here's another run at it: With the garment's wrong side towards you, put the facing behind it, right sides together. Now, just working with the area at the front neckline, align the center fronts on both the garment and the facing so that the pointy portion of the facing fills the V formed when you clipped to that center front marking. Stick a pinpoint right through the middle of the center front dots of all the layers. Don't use this pin to secure things, though--that would cause the layers to shift a little so that the dots wouldn't be right on top of each other. You just want to make sure the centers are perfectly in line. Now, use other pins right around there to keep that alignment.

As I write this, I'm wondering if taking just a couple of tight little hand or machine stitches right through those dots might not suffice to hold everything in place and make the rest of the arrangement easier to pin or baste in place. I think it would allow the pivoting that is necessary to sew this neckline neatly.

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-- Edited on 3/17/05 12:46 PM --

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Date: 3/17/05 5:24 PM

Thank you ladies for all the suggestions. Im trying to take it all in and follow the steps. I guess Im so new I dont know which is what. haha I should have stuck to 4"square quilts!
I think it might resort to top stitching it the best I can. At lease it will lie flat. My daughter rang and said... Stick a animal button over the point and move on! hahahahahhaaha
( The material is DSN #CT04-637 "Farm Fun" ) She works for a Christian Daycare... and they wear animated tops.And of course I said.. Let Moma make you some! little did I know this would stress me more than making quilts.
But I'll learn. Just feel out of my element for help in Australia.
You guys have been a jewel and I thank you. I wont give up!

And Elona, I couldnt see any illustration. Just the picture od the uniforms. If its not too much trouble could you send it to me? My email is dovensw@ihug.com.au
-- Edited on 3/17/05 6:57 PM --

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Date: 3/17/05 7:24 PM

Sorry, Dove, but I don't have a pic for the illustration (darn it) ; just got the pattern cover off the web. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding. Try walking through my instructions step-by-step. Your hands may figure it out before your brain does (that often happens for me!).

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Date: 3/18/05 7:16 AM

I could not find any pictures to show you how to sew the v neck binding so of to the sewing studio and the results are here to see watch the pictures 1-7 (picture 2 is not uploaded in the right sequence )
I used a muslin and did not match the v neck but it is just an idea for you.
I also forgot to interface the small square below the v neck which you should do , you can interface a small square fusible interfacing to strenght the v clipping.
Hope the pictures will help you.
-- Edited on 3/18/05 8:19 AM --

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Date: 3/19/05 0:32 AM

Elona, Thats okay... my goodness you were trying to help me understand this with my thick headed self. haha
I was semi- understanding it... and it was looking pretty good.

Els,
THANK YOU very much. Seeing the steps is going to help so much. When you dont know the proper terms... as I still say:
You put the thing-a-ma-jig there... hahahahahaha
It makes it hard when you'll say the correct words.
So it is not necessary to sew the 2 necklines together first.
See that is what I was going to do was NOT connect then...and do one side at a time. But I was worried Id stuff it up by not following the steps the pattern said.
But then again when noone likes the steps provided... I guess to come up with ways that work huh?This looks pretty easy... even for dummy me. But I wont pat myself on the back yet ladies. I'll let you know!
Dovie sure is being tested with patience on this one. hehe
Thank you all so much.

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